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Jackie Lynch, whose son Travis has been missing and feared dead since 2003, is pictured with grandson Tristan — the spitting image of his uncle Travis when he was a child. The family gathered Friday to talk about Travis and ask the public to help solve his case.
WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Missing man’s family seeks justice after 'long, hard road'

RED OAK — Relatives of a Wilson man missing for more than a decade have endured many sleepless nights. Now they hope the people responsible for his disappearance are having trouble …
Staff members at Nash UNC Health Care, like these nurses shown working with a patient, are wearing personal protective equipment including face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients and visitors are required to wear face masks inside the hospital’s patient care areas. Contributed photo

Nash County tops 600 coronavirus cases; death toll remains at 6

NASHVILLE — Nash County’s COVID-19 cases have passed the 600 mark, according to local public health officials. The Nash County Health Department reported a dozen new cases Sunday, …
Statues depicting Charles B. Aycock, left, and Zebulon Vance, right, are on display in the U.S. Capitol. North Carolina is already scheduled to replace Aycock's likeness with a statue honoring the Rev. Billy Graham.

Butterfield: Remove NC governors' statues from Capitol

Rep. G.K. Butterfield wants statues of former North Carolina Govs. Charles B. Aycock and Zebulon Vance removed from the U.S. Capitol, along with other monuments that seven Democratic legislative …

Spring Hope companies receive large Payroll Protection Program loans

North Carolina bankers say they’ve worked to serve local communities since the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program launched in April. In Spring Hope, the …
Southern Nash High School senior Matt Foster designed the winning logo for Nash County Public Schools.

6 Nash County Board of Education seats up for grabs

NASHVILLE — Six seats on the newly named Nash County Board of Education are up for election this year. The filing period for those seats is open through noon Aug. 7. Interested …
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Rep. James Gailliard appointed to criminal justice reform panel

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has appointed a Nash County state lawmaker to the N.C. Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice. State Rep. James Gailliard, a Democrat from Rocky Mount, …
A Bailey police officer clocks a motorist traveling 65 mph in a 35 mph zone on Deans Street. Authorities say the statewide holiday weekend crackdown on drunken drivers was successful in southern Nash County.

Southern Nash police call Fourth of July traffic enforcement campaign a success

With Operation Firecracker in the rearview mirror, local and state authorities are concentrating on the growing number of motorists on the road as coronavirus restrictions begin to …
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Police chief: Spring Hope officers investigate car theft ring, school cafeteria break-in, child abuse case

SPRING HOPE — Police officers have recently investigated everything from assaults to teenagers breaking into the elementary school cafeteria to child abuse to an interstate car theft …

Checkpoints nab fugitives, impaired driving suspects

SPRING HOPE — Recent license checkpoints and traffic stops have nabbed drunken driving suspects, drugs and motorists with outstanding arrest warrants in other jurisdictions. While conducting …
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Smithfield man sentenced for child pornography

RALEIGH — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Smithfield man to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography. According to court documents, Mitch Hamilton Parrish, 44, possessed …

Can you imagine heaven on Earth?

Greatest commandments: Love God, our neighbors

Ice cream in the victory garden

Weathercast: Heat indexes soar into mid-90s this week

Free fans available to seniors in need

LOCAL HEADLINES

Interim town manager wants to help Kenly move forward

Pandemic moves most Nash Community College fall classes online

Digital signs connect schools with displaced students

Weathercast: No relief from the summer heat in sight

Boice-Willis Clinic: Don't skip treatment for chronic conditions

The prayer of rest

Sims mayor appointed to regional board leadership

Nash policy reduces number of county-issued credit cards

License, registration fees on the rise

Daniels appointed to city, county leaders’ panel

4 reasons to plant your own victory garden

Weathercast: Searing heat to follow storms this week

Nash board considers liberty activist's gun rights resolution

Spring Hope residents, board grill Envirolink contractors over unfinished work

Bailey Chamber of Commerce leader steps down: Hawley helped update bylaws, launch popular events

Spring Hope considers rules for golf carts

Police chief: Virus prompted National Night Out cancellation in Middlesex

Convict in Edgecombe cab driver's killing receives parole

Walking man bears cross for Jesus

Nash County reports 2 dozen new COVID-19 cases

Atlantic Coast Pipeline scrapped; Nash landowner calls project 'unneeded, dirty and dangerous'

Nash County Animal Control offers low-cost rabies clinic

Nash soldier encourages youths to enlist in Army

Duke Energy and Dominion cancel pipeline plans

Amid urgent need, Red Cross seeks Nash County blood donors

Weathercast: Sunny skies for the Fourth of July

Prayer is powerful, but can it change God’s plan?

Weathercast: Expect high midweek storm chances

Family searches for spotlight in missing man's case

Nash County sheriff won't enforce COVID-19 mask mandate

Nash County reports 2 coronavirus deaths, bringing county's total to 6

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WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Retired troopers: Crash likely didn't cause man's disappearance

This photo shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix similar to the one Travis Lynch drove when he disappeared on Christmas Eve 2003. Retired state troopers believe the car would have been found by now if it had been wrecked on the roadside.
A Wilson man who disappeared in southern Nash County more than a decade ago would more than likely have been found if he ran his car off the road as a suspect in the case contends, according to …
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Missing man's description given; $20,000 reward offered for information

Every week for four straight months, this newspaper has published articles about a Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County and now missing for 16 years. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, disappeared …
Lynch

DA: Missing man's body not needed for a murder conviction

NASHVILLE — While a Wilson man has been officially listed as a missing person for 16 years, his family and local authorities are sure he’s dead, killed the night he vanished. Travis …

Missing man likely didn’t try to drive home

This photo provided by law enforcement shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Am similar to the one Travis Lynch owned when he disappeared in 2003. The car is missing as well. Authorities don't believe he tried to drive it home. A reward for useful information is being offered in the case.
MIDDLESEX ­— A missing Wilson man may have never made it to his girlfriend’s house or tried to drive home the night he vanished. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, left his girlfriend’s home near …
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Missing man not involved in drugs

NASHVILLE — Authorities say a missing Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County 16 years ago wasn’t involved in the local drug scene. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve …
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Person of interest named in Travis Lynch's disappearance

BAILEY — A locked up drug ringleader is the main person of interest in the disappearance of a Wilson man more than a decade ago. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve 2003. He was …
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Missing man’s uncle thinks someone will step forward

The uncle of a missing Wilson man said he believes someone will come forward with the key information needed to solve the case. Travis Lynch disappeared 16 years ago. He spent time with his …
WEATHERCAST

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Weathercast: Heat indexes soar into mid-90s this week

The heat continues. Thanks to a high pressure ridge expected to build in, temperatures Tuesday through Thursday will get to the low 90s. Heat indexes, meanwhile, touch the mid-90s under mostly …

COLUMNS

Paul F. Petrick

For Cleveland Indians, a name change would strike out

As Northeast Ohio baseball fans anticipate the start of a truncated season of Cleveland Indians baseball, they are suddenly faced with the possible end of their beloved ballclub as they know …

John Hood

Atlantic Coast Pipeline's demise won't halt natural gas

RALEIGH — The proposed natural gas pipeline through eastern North Carolina is dead. Long live natural gas! Admittedly, there won’t be a coronation ceremony like there would be if a …

SPORTS
Top sports stories
Matt Foster earns East-West All-Star Game selection
Seniors Makayla Everette of Beddingfield, Matt Foster of Southern Nash and Keishon Porter of SouthWest Edgecombe will all have one … Read More
Firebirds’ Watson hopes to be in middle of the action at NC Wesleyan
In his three years as a starting offensive lineman, Southern Nash High’s Luke Watson has helped pave the way for the Firebirds to … Read More
Leaving the lights on: With no sports, Hunt and Southern Nash aim to #BeTheLight
In what now seems like a time long ago, baseball teams from Hunt High and Fike were scheduled to play on Fike’s Gilbert Ferrell … Read More
Southern Nash Roundup: Ladybirds blank Nash Central in final March game
ROCKY MOUNT — With a shutdown of all sports imminent due to the threat of an outbreak of the coronavirus, varsity girls soccer teams … Read More
Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win
FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 … Read More
COLUMNS
Peter Hans the right leader for NC universities' challenges

New UNC President Peter Hans starts his job in two weeks and will have his hands full. Not only will he face reopening our 16-campus university system, but larger problems loom on the …

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ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL
Our Opinion: Pandemic makes Pumpkin Festival in 2020 too risky

As Nash UNC Health Care continues to cope with a growing number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients, Nash County — like the rest of North Carolina and the United States — is having to …

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